Last time, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is. Now, we’ll examine why we need Him by virtue of what He does for all those who accept Christ as their Savior.
1. As we alluded to last time, He is involved along with Jehovah God and Jesus in the creation process of everything. (Jn. 6:63)
In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. Gn. 1:1, 2. AMP
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Ps. 33:6 NASB
And, it’s an ongoing process:
You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. Ps. 104:30 NASB
2. He brings to our realization the state of our sin and the need for salvation through Christ:
“And He when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged.” Jn. 16:8 – 11. NASB
Left to their own reasoning, most people cannot or will not recognize their own sin. We need the help of the Holy Spirit for better discernment concerning the condition of our souls, and to empower us to help the unsaved understand their plight.
3. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to Christ. See the apostle Peter making the declaration that He is a witness of Jesus and His doings and teachings, to the apostles and all other believers:
“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32 NKJV
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but will speak whatever He hears [from the Father – the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.” Jn. 16:12 – 14. AMP
In fact, we cannot even begin to see Jesus for who He is nor testify about Him, without the Holy Spirit:
…no one can say, “Jesus is [my] Lord,” except by [the power and influence of] the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:3 AMP
4. Along with the blood of Jesus, the Spirit is integral to the process of our redemption, and was promised to us by Christ:
He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit… Titus 3:5 AMP
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Jn. 7:37 – 39. CSB
And because you belong to him (Jesus), the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Rm. 8:2 NLT
…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Spirit… 2 Thess. 2:13 AMP
And, it is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to evangelize with regards to that outcome, as our service to the Lord:
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]. 1 Cor. 2:12 – 14. AMP
Furthermore, we also testify our redemption by living out our transformative behaviors – empowered by the Spirit:
…the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control. Gal. 5:22-23. AMP
…walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. Gal. 5:16 CSB
5. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us forms the space where He can channel Christ through us as well:
May He (Jehovah) grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. Eph. 3:16, 17. AMP
And that, makes us redeemed children of God as we saw in section 4 above:
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] the we [believers] are children of God. Rm. 8:15, 16. AMP
6. The Holy Spirit guides you to your eternal destiny:
…if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rm. 8:11 NASB
So, we have seen that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead that comes to live within us when we accept Christ as our Savior. He is a major part of every aspect of our spirituality, as well as being vital to our very lives – at inception, now, and eternally.
Thank our Lord Jesus Christ for petitioning the Holy Spirit for us, and thank our Creator, Jehovah God, for granting that petition. Thank all three for preparing us for eternity, as we briefly discussed in #4 above, regarding the Holy Spirit baptism. That discussion was very concise due to me trying to keep the length of this post manageable. It requires an in-depth review in and of itself. Next time…
Goodnight and God bless.